“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.” Hebrews 4:1-2
In chapter 3 we see that Israel could not enter the promise land because they did not have faith in God. This land of promise was more than just a territory. The land was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. It meant more than a piece of real estate, it meant enjoyment and entering God’s plan of salvation. Israel knew that entering the promise land there would be opposition. They did not believe in God enough to trust Him that He would take care of any opposition. When time came for Joshua to lead them into the promise land, they knew that there would be opposition, but what had changed was that they believed God. Opposition did not matter; they knew that God would fight for them. When they went into the promised land, the battles really began with opposition all along the way. Joshua led them to victory because God promised He would be an enemy to their enemies and an adversary to their adversaries. I believe the same is true for us today. We cannot live the Christian life and expect we will never be opposed. There is so much opposition to Christianity in the world, and it has been that way since the beginning. This rest that God promised to Israel is here for us today. If we want this rest that God has for us, we must be ready to face opposition. We face our enemies with a trust in God that if we obey God, He will fight for us.